Keith Exford CBE has been appointed as a Consultant for Affordable Housing and Housing Associations at CBRE, the world’s leading global real estate advisor.

Keith is joining CBRE from Clarion Housing Group, Britain’s largest affordable housing provider, where he was Chief Executive. Keith was instrumental in leading Affinity Sutton into its merger with Circle Housing in 2016 to create Clarion Housing Group, which is expected to become a top six national housebuilder, developing 50,000 homes across all tenures over the next decade. Prior to that, Keith held Chief Executive positions at both Broomleigh and Wandle Housing Associations.

Keith’s appointment strengthens CBRE’s 140-strong residential division which already works with some of the world’s most established developers and Housing Associations. CBRE is currently advising on Queen’s Wharf, a joint venture between Mount Anvil and A2 Dominion, as well as Peabody’s Thamesmead development. Housing Associations own some 1.2 million homes across the UK, and are becoming increasingly important players not only within the social housing sphere, but also major regeneration projects across the UK.

In his new role, Keith will be working closely with CBRE’s Planning, Development, Residential, Capital Advisors and Valuations businesses to develop a full-service, market-leading Housing Association advisory business. Keith will be responsible for developing and leading the strategy, growing the team and building on and strengthening CBRE’s client relationships within the sector.

Stephen Hubbard, Chairman, CBRE UK
We are delighted that Keith will be bringing his wealth of experience in the affordable housing sector to CBRE. The UK’s largest Housing Associations have become genuine rivals to the UK’s most dominant housebuilders and developers in terms of land acquisitions and volume of delivery. This provides an exciting opportunity for our advisory business and Keith will be an invaluable asset as we look to grow in this sector, enhancing our capability to better serve our clients.
Stephen Hubbard, Chairman, CBRE UK